November 21, 2016 by 121Contact
Wait for it…
A Hasidic man stands holding onto the pole, stroking his long white beard. His back is to a seated elderly Chinese woman. She gathers her things to get off and as she rises an unexpected lurch of the train propels her into the back of the man. An accident.
He loses it immediately. “Get off me.” “Don’t you touch me.” His arms are flapping now. “Don’t touch me!”
She looks at him in bewilderment. She didn’t know what was going on. She looks into his face with eyes wide and mouth open, obviously not understanding what he is yelling about. She takes her stuff and gets off with a question on her face. But he continues to rant until the next stop when he leaves the train.
After the man left, a young man who was standing nearby, sys loud enough for everyone around him to hear, “No wonder why the holocaust happened.” The rest of the passengers are shocked, frightened, and silent. Only their faces reveal the disgust they feel.
And so Trumpism’s normalization of racist speech is manifest.